Flying with Continental Airlines

One of the things that got me excited about going to Guam was the chance to try a new airline: Continental.

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Continental Airlines tail livery

In Manila, Continental Airlines use the old terminal, NAIA 1. Their check in counters are in the right side of the terminal. Business class passengers get access to the MIASCOR lounge, as well as eligible Star Alliance Gold members.
They can also use the Singapore SilverKris and KrisFlyer Lounges and THAI Royal Silk Lounge in NAIA 1.

Continental has 3 9 direct flights to Guam from Manila departing at 10:55am, 10:55pm and 11:25pm. One flight, CO892, flies to Guam via Palau. Coming back, there are 2 direct flights, departing Guam at 8:10am and 7:05pm, while the 6:50pm flight goes via Palau.

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Inside Continental’s Boeing 737-800

Guam is one of Continental Airlines’ hub in the Pacific, serving Manila, Hong Kong, Cairns, Honolulu, Japanese cities such as Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Okayama, Niigata, Sapporo and Sendai, Micronesian destinations like Palau, Yap, Saipan, Rota, Truk, Ponhpei, Kosrae, Kwajalen and Majuro. If you don’t mind the transfers, you can fly to the mainland USA on Continental, flying through Guam and Honolulu to either Los Angeles, Houston or New York.

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Continental Airlines snack: ham sandwich, salad and Chamorro cookies

Our flight to Guam was the sole morning flight. Since we’re flying into US territory, we had to go through a very thorough secondary check. All of our hand carry luggage were inspected, all pouches and zips opened with the contents thoroughly examined. We pass through another detector and the inside of our shoes are likewise checked. Be sure to take this into account if you’re flying to the US, as it eats up a lot of time.

Continental Airlines inflight meal
Dinner: pasta, salad, rye bread and Chips Ahoy

It was a 2-class plane, Business and Economy. Premium seats in economy with more legroom are available for a fee. Snacks were served: sandwiches, salad and Chamorro cookies, which you shouldn’t pass on. There were video screens, but I can’t remember if they put on a movie because I slept through the flight. I do remember getting very interested in a lot of stuff in the Sky Mall shopping magazine.

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The flight to Guam takes 3 and a half hours. Since Guam is 2 hours ahead of the Philippines, it’s quite late when we arrived (4:30pm). On the flight back though, we regained the 2 hours, arriving in Manila at 8:40pm (departed Guam at 7:05pm).


Continental’s flight and hotel packages. Click to enlarge.

[UPDATE] The folks at Continental Airlines sent over this flyer for their Palau Package. Only $565 for roundtrip tickets, 3-days and 2-nights accommodation, breakfast and airport transfers.


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If you’re thinking of going to Guam, it’s worth checking out Continental Airlines’ package deals, wherein for as low as $310 (for triple sharing; $320 for twin sharing and $400 for single), you already get round trip tickets and 3-days and 2-nights stay in their partner hotels with daily breakfast and airport transfers. These deals are not available on the Continental website, so best to call the Continental Airlines Philippines office at (02) 818-8701 to 05 to inquire, reserve and book.

Continental Airlines sponsored our flights to and from Guam.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 14 Comments
  1. Barron says:

    We flew Continental a looong time ago from Guam to Yap. Was really nice.

  2. Carlo says:

    Wow they serve those damn good choco chip cookies (a la famous amos) from guam on the flight! My friend brings me that as pasalubong from guam. Great airline then hehe.

  3. Dylan says:

    Very informative post Nina. More reasons for me to visit my relatives in Guam. πŸ™‚

  4. Carlo says:

    flew continental airlines in 2006 bound to USA. more than 50% savings compared to northwest airlines.

    love their drink. forgot what it was. sort of a cross between soda and beer πŸ™‚

  5. MJ says:

    it’s also an advantage because you’ll earn more mileage in their frequent flyer program called ONEPASS. It’s FREE, so I suggest you apply now via continental.com

  6. Kate says:

    I miss those yummy Chamorro cookies!

  7. R says:

    Wowo- we live in micronesia and continental airlines is the most expensive- $700 from palau to PI and $900 from Palau to Guam. It isn’t fair. It is the only flight to Guam, so they charge us more…

  8. Very informative post! I’m looking forward to fly with Continental Airlines soon. Thanks!

  9. gene says:

    i am looking for the cheapest flight from manila going to Florida (fort myers). What would you suggest for the cheapest airfare. thanks.

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